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Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger" Compare Swedish Vallhund and Swedish Lapphund. Which is better: Swedish Vallhund or Swedish Lapphund or Leonberger?
Name Swedish Vallhund Swedish Lapphund Leonberger
OriginsSweden Sweden Germany
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank149328100
Reviews201
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Other Names Västgötaspets Svensk lapphund Leo, Gentle Lion, Gentle Giant, Leonbergi
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2007 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2010 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Kennel Club of Great Britain New Zealand Kennel Club North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. American Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $500-$600 $400-$600 $1500-$2000

General Appearance - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Size Medium Medium Giant
Weight 25-35 pounds (11-15 kg) Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg) Male: 130-170 pounds (59-77 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight 30 pounds (13 kg) Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg) Male: 150 pounds (68 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) Male: 29-31 inches (74-80 cm), Female: 27-29 inches (61-74 cm)
Avg. Height 14 inches (35 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) Male: 30 inches (77 cm), Female: 28 inches (67.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Coat Thick Fluffy Waterproof
Colors Gray White Red Blue Black White Brown Black Red Sandy Reddish Brown Yellow Mahogany
Grooming
Average: The Swedish Vallhund requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Leonberger requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Swedish Vallhunds are heavy shedders.
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
Leonbergers are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Temperament Alert Fearless Watchful Energetic Friendly Affectionate Kind Trainable Alert Lively Versatile Adaptable Fearless Loyal Companionable Loving Obedient
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Leonberger's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Swedish Vallhunds are quite easy to train.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Leonbergers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Swedish Vallhunds, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
The Leonberger is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Swedish Vallhunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Swedish Vallhunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Leonbergers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Swedish Vallhunds are a social breed.
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Leonbergers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Swedish Vallhund is a vocal breed.
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
Low: The Leonberger barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Swedish Vallhunds are good watchdogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Leonbergers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Swedish Vallhunds are not the best to protect their territory.
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Leonbergers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Swedish Vallhund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Leonberger has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Swedish Vallhunds have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Leonbergers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Swedish Vallhunds have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Leonbergers tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Swedish Vallhunds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Leonbergers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Leonbergers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Swedish Vallhunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Leonbergers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Swedish Vallhunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Swedish Lapphunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Leonbergers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Stranger Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Leonbergers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Swedish Vallhund is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Leonberger is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Leonbergers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Swedish Vallhunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Leonbergers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Swedish Vallhunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Leonbergers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Swedish Vallhund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Leonberger breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Health Issues
Swedish Vallhunds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
Leonbergers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Retinal Dysplasia Skin Allergies Spina Befida Allergies Ear Infections Eye Infections Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Ectropion Elbow Dysplasia Entropion Eosinophilic Panosteitis Hip Dysplasia Inherited Polyneuropathy
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-13 years 8-10 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Swedish Vallhunds are high energy dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Leonbergers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Swedish Vallhunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Leonbergers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Swedish Vallhunds don't need too much sleep.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Leonbergers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food daily, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Vallhund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Leonberger can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Swedish Vallhund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Leonberger has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Swedish Vallhund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Leonberger is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Swedish Vallhund vs Swedish Lapphund vs Leonberger

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 4-6 puppies 6-8 puppies

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